Schultz Scholarship Program

Goals:  These scholarships reward students enrolled in the Humanitarian Engineering (HE) program – the HE minor, the Leadership In Social Responsibility (LSR) minor, or either of the two HE focus areas of the BSE – to serve as program ambassadors and to seek new opportunities for collaboration with faculty, alumni, corporations and NGOs, and other universities.

Program size: Between two and four scholarships will be awarded for the Fall 2018 semester. Each scholarship will be approximately $8,500 per semester (equivalent to the cost of one semester of in-state tuition and fees). Preference will be given to students who have not previously received the scholarship but previous recipients can apply and will be seriously considered (see special criteria below).


  • Friday November 30, 2018: Deadline to submit application via email to Prof. Juan Lucena (
  • December 1-5, 2018: Committee reviews applications
  • December 6, 2018: Awards announced and plans made to meet with current Shultz scholars for handoff


Eligibility: To be eligible to compete for these scholarships, students MUST:

  • be enrolled in any of the HE program areas: the HE minor, the Leadership In Social Responsibility (LSR) minor, or the Community Development or Corporate Sustainability focus areas of the BSE
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.7


Required Application Contents to be submitted by email to

  1. An original essay addressing one of the connections stated below (500-1,000 words; PDF format)
  2. An unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript showing enrollment in the HE program areas (pdf)


Selection criteria: Successful applicants will submit an essay that that responds to one of the following prompts:

  • How engineering can promote the wellbeing of communities and environments.
  • How engineering can address the issues that poor communities in Colorado face (e.g., housing, energy, transportation, child care, recreation facilities, etc.).
  • How engineering can address the challenges that students with disabilities face when studying in traditional learning environments.
  • How we can make Mines more inclusive for low-income/first generation engineering students.
  • A topic of your choosing (at your own risk!) that addresses HE themes and areas of practice (e.g. sustainable community development, corporate social responsibility, community engagement, social innovation, etc.)
  • If you have received a Shultz scholarship in the past, write a summary of what you have done as a scholar, what impact your work has had on the HE program, and what you plan to do to keep the momentum going.

Essays will be judged on originality, sophistication of thought, clarity in presentation, and commitment to HE themes.


Expectations: Given the privilege of receiving such a generous scholarship, Shultz scholars will be expected to be flexible and open-minded in dedicating time to their ambassador role (ranging between 2-5 hours per week) by:

  • Promoting HE on campus (including events such as lunch and learns, Discover Mines, Preview Mines, CSM 101, EWB meetings, alumni events, etc), publishing a newsletter, recruiting new students, and showcasing their own work in conferences or other venues.
  • Seeking out opportunities and collaborations with faculty, graduate students and alumni in design projects, research, and outreach. Additional funding may be available for travel and project support.
  • Coordinating their activities and meeting regularly with the HE program coordinator and faculty.